For the first time since the inaugural NCAA Tournament in 1939, Oregon has reached the Final Four, where the third-seeded Ducks will face the first-seeded North Carolina Tar Heels on Saturday, April 1. Tipoff from the University of Phoenix Stadium in Glendale, Ariz. is set for 5:45 p.m. PT, viewable on CBS.
On the other side of the bracket, first-seeded Gonzaga faces seventh-seeded South Carolina earlier in the day at 3:09 p.m. PT, also viewable on CBS.
NCAA Tournament (Final Four) — No. 3 Oregon Ducks (33-5, 16-2 Pac-12) vs. No. 1 UNC Tar Heels (31-7, 14-4 ACC)
Date: Saturday, April 1, 2017
Time: 5:45 p.m. PT
Place: University of Phoenix Stadium (Glendale, Ariz.)
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- Oregon Ducks (32-5, 16-2 Pac-12) — To advance to the Final Four for the first time since winning the inaugural championship in 1939, the Ducks defeated Iona, Rhode Island, Michigan and most recently Kansas in the this year’s Big Dance. Against the Jayhawks, Tyler Dorsey put up a game-best 27 points to lead the Ducks to a 74-60 upset in the Elite Eight. “Mr. March” has now scored 20-plus points in a career-best seven straight games… Saturday’s win gave the Ducks their record-setting 33rd victory of the season. UO is one of three teams to have won at least 30 games in the past two seasons, alongside Kansas and Villanova… The Ducks are also just one of five teams in the field to have won a game in the last five NCAA Tournaments, alongside Gonzaga, Kansas, North Carolina and Wichita State.
- UNC Tar Heels (31-7, 14-4 ACC) —The Tar Heels, who are making their 48th NCAA Tournament appearance, beat Texas Southern, Arkansas, Butler and most recently Kentucky to make its 20th trip to the Final Four. Against the second-seeded Wildcats on Sunday, Luke Maye hit a jumper with 0.3 seconds left to lift the Tar Heels to a 75-73 victory. The win gave them their fifth regional finals victory under head coach Roy Williams… UNC is on a mission to avenge last year’s buzzer-beating loss to Villanova in the championship game. The Tar Heels return three starters from that squad: Justin Jackson, Joel Berry II and Kennedy Meeks. Of this year’s regular starters, Jackson (18.2ppg, 4.7rpg) leads in points, Berry (14.6ppg, 3.6apg) leads in assists and Meeks (12.3ppg, 9.3rpg) leads in rebounds.
- The Ducks 0-4 against the Tar Heels, dating back to their first meeting in 1968-69. UNC most recently bested Oregon in 2008-09 at the Maui Invitational in Hawaii, 98-69.
Below, you’ll find highlights from the Ducks’ and Tar Heels’ most recent outings. No. 3 Oregon upset No. 1 Kansas in the Elite Eight on Saturday, 74-60, while No. 1 UNC eclipsed No. 2 Kentucky on Sunday, 75-73.
No. 3 Oregon 74, No. 1 Kansas 60
No. 1 UNC 75, No. 2 Kentucky 73